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Idaho

Idaho is the 43rd U.S. state, admitted to the Union on July 3, 1890. The state capital is Boise.

LGBT Rights in Idaho: Idaho voters adopted a constitutional amendment in November 2006 prohibiting same-sex marriage. No provision of Idaho law explicitly addresses discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation or gender identity. Idaho's hate crimes law does not address hate crimes based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Idaho permits adoption by individuals, and there are no explicit prohibitions on adoption by same-sex couples or on second-parent adoptions.

Current challenge to Idaho’s same-sex marriage ban: Latta v. Otter.

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Idaho governor wants to file more arguments in same-sex marriage case

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter (R-Idaho)
BOISE, Idaho -- Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter wants to file additional arguments in his attempt to have an 11-judge panel review the three-judge ruling that overturned Idaho's same-sex marriage ban.

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Idaho officials encouraged by 6th Circuit ruling to uphold gay marriage bans

Monday, November 10, 2014
Idaho Statehouse in Boise.
BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho officials say a recent ruling upholding same-sex marriage bans in four states could cause the U.S. Supreme Court to take up Idaho's case. Earlier this year, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Idaho's gay marriage ban. But on Thursday, a separate federal appeals court upheld the ban in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

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Lewiston becomes 9th Idaho city to approve LGBT protections

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Jimmy Emerson
LEWISTON, Idaho -- Officials in the north-central Idaho city of Lewiston have passed an ordinance banning discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Decision to fight same-sex marriage ruling costs Idaho taxpayers $80,000

Monday, October 27, 2014
Idaho
BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho officials have spent more than $80,000 challenging a federal judge's decision overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The Spokesman-Review reports that information it obtained through a public records request shows Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter earlier this month agreed to pay a Washington, D.C., attorney...

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Holder: U.S. to recognize same-sex marriages in six new states

Saturday, October 25, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
WASHINGTON -- The federal government is recognizing gay marriage in six more states, extending federal benefits to those couples. Attorney General Eric Holder says the states are: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.

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ACLU: Idaho chapel a religious corp., falls under religious exemption

Friday, October 24, 2014
Hitching Post wedding chapel, Coeur D Alene, ID
BOISE, Idaho -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho says it will not challenge a northern Idaho wedding chapel's refusal to conduct same-sex marriages because the chapel falls under a religious exemption. Interim Executive Director Leo Morales said in a news conference Thursday that the Hitching Post became a religious corporation...

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Navy veteran in Idaho gains approval to be buried with same-sex spouse

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Madelynn Taylor, 74, looks at a 2011 photo of herself (in red) with her wife Jean Mixner.
BOISE, Idaho -- A U.S. Navy veteran can be buried with the ashes of her late spouse in a southwest Idaho military cemetery after the state legalized gay marriage. "It's done," 74-year-old Madelynn Lee Taylor said Wednesday after successfully completing paperwork to be buried at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise.

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Almost everything you’ve been told about the Idaho wedding chapel story is a lie

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Hitching Post wedding chapel, Coeur D Alene, ID
The religious right is spewing hate and lies, claiming that two ministers are being forced to marry same-sex couples -- even claiming the ministers have been arrested. How is this possible? Two ministers, Donald and Evelyn Knapp, own a for-profit wedding chapel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, but say they cannot marry same-sex couples because of their faith...

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Idaho governor asks 11-judge panel to review same-sex marriage ruling

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter (R-Idaho)
BOISE, Idaho -- Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter is asking the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for an 11-judge panel to review the three-judge ruling that overturned Idaho's same-sex marriage ban last week. Otter announced Tuesday in a news release that the federal judges failed to use the correct legal standard to Idaho's Constitutional definition of marriage.

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Wedding chapel files lawsuit claiming non-discrimination ordinance is unconstitutional

Monday, October 20, 2014
Hitching Post wedding chapel, Coeur D Alene, ID
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- An Idaho wedding chapel has filed a lawsuit against the City of Coeur d’Alene, claiming the city's LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance is forcing them to violate their religious beliefs by performing same-sex marriages.

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